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Democracy Now! Monday, July 24, 2006


Published July 24, 2006


Headlines

* Death Toll in Lebanon Approaches 400; 900,000 Displaced
* Rice Arrives in Beirut; Says War is “Birth Pangs of a New Middle East”
* U.S. Rushes to Send More Bombs to Israel
* UK Foreign Minister Criticizes Israel’s Military Tactics
* UN Official Accuses Israel of Violating Humanitarian Law
* Journalists, Ambulances, Refugees Come Under Attack
* More Headlines…

Lebanon Under Siege: Dahr Jamail Reports from Beirut on How Israel Air Strikes Have Caused a Humanitarian Crisis for Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees

The death toll from Israel’s attack on Lebanon is approaching four hundred—almost all civilians. More than one thousand have been wounded and an estimated 900,000 have been displaced from their homes. This weekend, ground troops seized the Lebanese town of Marun al-Ras. Israeli officials believe they have approval from the United States to keep attacking Lebanon for at least another week. We go to Lebanon to speak with independent journalist Dahr Jamail. [includes rush transcript]

60 Die in Iraq Car Bombings; Iraqi Parliament Speaker Accuses U.S. of "Butchery"

We go to Iraq to speak with Borzou Daragahi, Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. He discusses the increasing violence in Baghdad and the reaction among Iraqis about the Lebanon crisis. [includes rush transcript]

Combatants For Peace: Former Israeli and Palestinian Fighters Talk About Why Dialogue, Not War, Will Solve the Middle East Crisis

Demonstrations took place around the world this weekend calling for an end to Israel’s attacks in Lebanon and Gaza. On Saturday in Tel Aviv, some 2,000 protesters held a demonstration against the war, and the country’s alliance with the United States. They also called on Israeli soldiers to refuse military service. We speak with a former Captain in the Israeli Air Force Reserves who is now a co-founder of the group Combatants for Peace. [includes rush transcript]


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